My Media Diet

One of my long-time favorite features on The Atlantic website is the Media Diet. The premise is simple – prominent people in a wide variety of fields are asked what they read on a daily basis to get a handle on what’s happening not just in their field, but in the world. Some of my recent favorites include HBO’s John Oliver, who likens researching his show, “Last Week Tonight,” to “the process of imbibing as wide a variety of poisons as possible,” and Rusty Foster, … Read more…

#CASESMC

Yesterday, Teresa and I had the opportunity to co-moderate the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s twice-monthly social media chat, better known as #CASESMC. Our topic, integrating social media into crisis communication planning, was one that we felt was particularly timely as institutions across the country prepare for a new semester.   For an hour, we chatted with so many great colleagues who offered their perspectives and shared their own questions, resulting in a lot of really smart conversations, all at the lightning speed … Read more…

Meet the Newest TVP-er!

If you were keeping an eye on Twitter this week, you might have figured out that we have a new member of the amazing TVP Communications team, whom we welcomed at an agency retreat in Colorado.       Brian Wachur brings great experience across K-12 and higher education, both in agency settings and, most recently, as associate director of marketing at the American Council on Education. That’s where I had the opportunity to call him a colleague and a friend.   We’re all so … Read more…

A Reporter’s Playbook

I have two lingering habits from my time working as press secretary for a member of the House of Representatives. The first—waking in the middle of the night to check my email—only manifests itself during times of stress. The second is a deeply engrained daily routine that happens when Mike Allen’s POLITICO Playbook hits my email inbox.   As a Hill staffer, Playbook was the perfect stage setter for my day – what’s hot and not, who’s up or down, what op-ed or speech is … Read more…

Must Read — Top 10 Higher Ed Stories

As you read here and here, the TVP Communications team descended on Nashville a week ago for the Education Writers Association’s National Seminar. I’ve attended this meeting several times and was thrilled to be able to have my TVP Comms colleagues join me this year for three solid days of talking about big issues in higher education with leading journalists, campus representatives, and other colleagues and stakeholders.   Without a doubt, one of the highlights of the meeting was hearing Inside Higher Ed‘s Scott Jaschik … Read more…

Preparing for Pomp and Circumstance

During the five and a half years I had some level of responsibility for commencement at my alma mater, I treasured the opportunity to be part of such an joyous event in the lives of our graduates, their families, and their friends.   But my favorite commencement moment usually came around 7:00 on the morning of the big day, when I’d walk onto the back porch of our main administration building, which served as the stage for the ceremony. I’d have an extra large, light … Read more…

How to Avoid an #AskEmmert Experience

On Friday, NCAA President Mark Emmert was a guest on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” radio show (the audio of the interview appears about halfway down this page on the right hand side). ESPN Radio’s social media staff took to Twitter to encourage listeners to share questions using the hashtag #AskEmmert.   That’s when things went off the rails. Way, way, way off the rails.   The response was rapid, irreverent, and, at times, truly nasty.   This represents the general tenor well…       … Read more…

L Is for the Way You Look at Me…

It’s Valentine’s Day, a holiday which brings out creative expressions of love and kindness (while also eliciting eye rolls from many, myself included). But this year, a couple of stories from campuses across the country caught my eye and maybe melted my heart a bit.   First, Donal O’Shea, president of New College of Florida, has spent the past several weeks signing valentines to his 800 students, 100 faculty, and 150 staff. Read more about his effort in Inside Higher Ed, and follow the #NewColhearts hashtag on … Read more…

A Bridge Too Far?

Last week, a large number of eyes in the political world shifted toward my home state of New Jersey as the governor there, Chris Christie, took the podium to answer questions about something called “Bridgegate,” the most reported traffic jam in the history of the world. If you haven’t followed all the internecine developments in the story, I offer my congratulations and this link by way of background.   I was riveted by the nearly 120 minute press conference, not just because I was raised … Read more…